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Published: Thursday, 3/7/2013

Sylvania Township trustees award contract to build fire station to Fremont company

NATALIE TRUSSO CAFARELLO
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Demolition of the old firehouse is scheduled for March. 18. The new fire house has a target completion date of Nov. 1. Demolition of the old firehouse is scheduled for March. 18. The new fire house has a target completion date of Nov. 1.
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Mosser Construction of Fremont was awarded the contract to build the fire station at the Sylvania Township Board of Trustee’s meeting Tuesday night.

Trustees voted 2-1 to approve the construction company’s bid to build Fire Station No. 1 on Monroe Street, the last of the four fire station construction projects the township has implemented in the last years.

Mosser Construction’s bid for general construction costs was $1,965,000.

Seven bids were received by the administration last week, and Mosser’s bid was the lowest.

Township Administrator John Zeitler assured the trustees that he will be conservative with township spending, but he said he will ensure the construction of a sound building that will last for decades.

“I will work with our team to make sure only the necessary expenses occur in building this station, but I will not sacrifice something in the construction that will come back in five or 10 years and cost us more money to repair or replace at that time,” Mr. Zeitler said.

Mr. Zeitler, Joseph Vetter, president of Vetter Design Group of Toledo that engineered the designs for the new station, and Township Fire Chief Jeffrey Kowalski will work together to ensure the construction moves along.

Mr. Zeitler emphasized that construction of Fire Station No. 1 will not dip into the general fund. It is funded through a 1.25-mill levy which voters approved in 2008. The levy generates $1.5 million annualy.

Trustee Kevin Haddad expressed concern about contingency costs and additional construction costs or materials that were not included in the general building cost.

However, Mr. Zeitler said that funds were available if overages did occur.

Demolition of the old firehouse is scheduled for March 18. The new fire house has a target completion date of Nov. 1.

Mr. Haddad, who has been opposed to building the station at its current location, voted against the resolution.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: ntrusso@theblade.com or 419-206-0356.



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